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Natural Therapies – Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Massage

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Anna Campbell, BA, ITEC Dip, Lic. Ac cAc, MAFPA is an acupuncturist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Anna works with clients in Dublin 4 using acupuncture and massage, including Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Massage, treating everything from the common cold to more intricate and sensitive conditions, such as fertility and gynaecological syndromes.

Lucy * aged 30 contacted me as she had heard that I work a lot with any condition related to women’s health and fertility. Despite being healthy, Lucy had not had a period in a year. Her cycle had just stopped after a stressful period in her life and she obviously was concerned because she would like to have a baby at some stage in the future.

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Natural Therapies – Sound Healing

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Norah Coyne is a Galway-based sound healing practitioner, healing intuitive, physical therapist and teacher. It was during a personal session 10 years ago that she realised the powerful intensity of sound and its benefits and decided to train and research in sound healing therapy. She now works with clients on a one-to-one basis, in groups, sound baths and in the special needs environment.

This is Sarah’s story, a working mother with three children who presented to me after iodine treatment for a thyroid imbalance. Sarah* was very lethargic and could hardly get out of bed or walk very far, tired all the time and prone to mood swings – one moment in tears and another full of anger. She was desperate for help. She came for four treatments and during each treatment I carried out a similar treatment protocol.

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Natural Therapies – Buteyko Method

Asthma-free naturally

Patrick McKeown MA Bio suffered from lifelong asthma until he discovered the work of Russian doctor Konstantin Buteyko in 1998 and became accredited to teach the Buteyko Method in 2002. He teaches the method internationally to children and adults who suffer from asthma and breathing problems. He has written seven books on the Buteyko method including his latest The Oxygen Advantage.

Normal breathing during rest involves regular, silent, abdominal breaths drawn in and out through the nose. People with asthma, on the other hand often display habitual mouth breathing with regular sighing, sniffing and visible movements from the upper chest. During an exacerbation of asthma, symptoms like wheezing and breathlessness increase along with respiratory rate, relative to the severity of the condition. It is a vicious cycle; narrowed airways lead to heavier breathing which causes an increase in breathing volume, resulting in the narrowing of the airways and on and on, worsening the condition and establishing bad breathing habits as a matter of necessity.

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Natural Therapies – Rolfing

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Gillian Duffin is an advanced certified Rolfer and cranio sacral therapist working with all kinds of pains and injuries, specialising in head injuries and how they affect our general health, mind and body. Her practice is in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin where she sees clients for every kind of ailment and trauma

Catherine* limped into my office with hip and lower back issues that she had carried for many years. She was searching for an alternative to surgery. She was in her early 50s and as her lower back pain got progressively worse she found her neck was affected and she was getting more frequent headaches.

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Natural Therapies – Psoriasis

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Sabina Jennings is a medical herbalist and iridologist, specialising in the treatment of skin conditions using natural medicine. She practices at her natural skin clinic in Bandon, Co Cork and Dublin where she sees patients with eczema, psoriasis, acne, seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea

A young man in his early 20s came to see me in my clinic. Fynn* literally skipped into the consultation room, full of joy and seemingly bubbling with life. Slightly overweight, blue eyed and with a fair Celtic complexion, Fynn had suffered with psoriasis since the age of 15. Whilst on a recent visit to Australia, his psoriasis had almost disappeared, but on his return to Ireland it flared. He had enjoyed good health with no infections for the past six months and had no other medical condition.

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Natural Therapies – Osteopathy

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Audrey Trigg is a member of the Osteopathic Council of Ireland and set up her own practice, Dublin Osteopathy, in 2010. She uses a broad range of osteopathic techniques, including cranial osteopathy, to help patients of all ages. She has a particular interest in women and children’s health and helps people with complaints such as back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. The name ‘osteopathy’ literally translates as ‘bone disease’, but it’s not just about bones. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Osteopathy aims to address the cause of your problem.

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Natural Therapies – The Alexander Technique

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Richard Brennan has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1989. He is the director of Ireland’s only Alexander Teacher Training College in Galway and is the author of seven books on the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique was devised over 100 years ago by Frederick Alexander, an Australian actor who kept losing his voice while performing. Alexander was determined to find a solution to this curious problem and discovered that the underlying cause of his problem was poor posture causing an over-tensing of the muscular system.

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Natural Therapies – Holistic Massage

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Laura Hilliard Brady is an ITEC massage tutor and a licensed Louise L Hay workshop leader with over 20 years experience in teaching holistic massage and ARCHTI recognised postgraduate massage workshops in Ireland. She has holistic massage practices in Julianstown, Co Meath and Portmarnock, Co Dublin under the name Massage And Me.

With over 75 percent of illness manifested in the mind and body caused by day-to-day stress, we are always searching for something to help bring back balance in the body. Holistic massage is one of many treatments that help maintain homeostasis in the body.

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Natural Therapies – Kinesiology

Yvonne Mc Laughlin, BSc. (Hons) Dip Kin, is a specialised kinesiologist and nutritionist. She is based in Nutri Ki Health Studio in Buncrana, Co Donegal

Kinesiology was first developed by D. George Goodheart and fellow chiropractors in the USA in the 1960s. Pronounced kin-easy-ology, it is a holistic approach to balancing a person’s energy system.

Kinesiology works on a ‘body priority’ basis to get to the root of a symptom through the gentle and non-invasive testing of muscles in the body. These muscles provide the kinesiologist with feedback, detecting imbalances in the mind and body’s structural, electrical, emotional or nutritional systems. Kinesiology then works to balance these systems with a combination of stress release, neurolymphatic massage, personalised nutrition and diet, supplements and remedies and doesn’t just focus on treating one particular symptom. It is a non-invasive treatment in which you will feel light pressure on the muscles and is not painful in any way.

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Natural Therapies – Reiki

Patricia Loughlin is a Master Reiki teacher with 30 years experience who teaches at the Dublin Holistic Centre in South William Street, Dublin 2. She also runs Reiki workshops where people can learn how to do Reiki healings for themselves, their family and friends

In the 1990s, following the break-up of my marriage my confidence was very low and I was always worrying, anxious and stressed. I also suffered from severe migraines. I decided to give Reiki a try. My Reiki practitioner asked me to lie on a massage table and placed a light blanket over me. The room was very warm and peaceful, relaxing music was playing in the background and a scented candle was lit.

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Natural Therapies – Reflexology

Regina Curley is a qualified massage therapist and stress management educator. She has also trained in reflexology, Indian head massage, reiki and aromatherapy, and Ayurvedic treatments. She teaches postgraduate courses to trained therapists and runs a practice in Tallaght, Co Dublin.

Reflexology is one of the ancient arts thought to date back 5000 years. It is believed to have originated in China, India and parts of the orient. When the tomb of Ankhmahor, a famous Egyptian physician, was discovered pictorial evidence of foot treatments and other complementary treatments were found depicted on the walls of the tomb.

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Natural Therapies – Hypnotherapy

Qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified NLP practitioner Fiona Brennan is based in Dublin. Fiona helps clients with a range of issues including weight loss, smoking, stress and anxiety, fears and phobias, insomnia, pain control and more. Fiona explains how hypnotherapy works.

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis as its main tool; this allows people to experience the power of their own mind by speaking directly to the subconscious; by using positive suggestions the mind can be reprogrammed to accept healthier alternatives. It is essential to get to the root of where the behaviour was learnt and how the belief was formed.

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Natural Therapies – Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Advisor Del Eagle has trained with the well-known author and flower essence expert Julian Barnard at his centre near Abergavenny, South Wales. She has held workshops and private consultations, helping many individuals discover the subtle but powerful ways that flower essences work.

Bach Flower Essences are a very simple method of healing. They work in a gentle and subtle way to help us cope with the emotional states encountered in our daily lives. Anxiety, fear, guilt, insecurity and many other emotional issues can be greatly helped with this gentle method of healing.

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Natural Therapies – Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a safe, gentle and highly effective therapy that can help all kinds of conditions from birth to old age.

It uses naturally-occurring substances from the world around us in the form of remedies that stimulate the body’s own healing power.

It does not address symptoms in isolation, but examines the whole person on a mental, emotional and physical level and recognises that each individual experiences symptoms in their own unique way.

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Natural Therapies – Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of a system of health care called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest surviving medical systems in the world. It originated in China over 2000 years ago and is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be the second most widely used system of health care alongside western medicine.

Acupuncture works to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance by stimulating its own healing response. It aims to treat the whole person, so it can be effective for a wide range of problems – physical, mental and emotional.

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Natural Therapies – Herbalism

Herbal medicine has long been used to treat sickness and disease - in fact it’s the oldest form of medicine we have, and is still very relevant today. There is a temptation in medicine these days to disregard the wisdom that has evolved over centuries of using herbs in favour of more measurable procedures and drugs with exact known quantities, but must one really be sacrificed for the other?

There are many important differences between herbal medicine and what is often called ‘orthodox’ or modern medicine, although many drugs are derived from plants. However, once the chemical profile of an active ingredient has been identified, it is often synthesized for manufacture on a very large scale.

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